If you observe Lent, this is the time of year when you're getting ready to give up meat on Fridays, until it's Easter time. While this may not sound complicated, if you're not prepared with some meat-free recipes, it can throw you for a loop to put together satisfying meals without meat for yourself or your family. Especially when you've got a busy schedule to keep up with. Don't fret, though, just bookmark this handy, well-rounded menu of meat-free recipes. We've got you covered with quick and easy meat-free breakfast ideas, meatless lunches, and vegetarian dinner recipes. From Mexican-inspired breakfast burritos and savory grilled cheese, to creamy pastas and healthy baked fish, we're sure these recipes will be crowd-pleasers. So enjoy these delicious, Lent-friendly meal ideas that are likely to stay in your cooking repertoire even after Easter Sunday has come and gone.
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Make Friday breakfasts a whole lot more exciting than a basic bowl of cereal, with this easy Mexican recipe for vegetarian bean and rice burritos. If you've got leftover rice, a can of beans, and a few Mexican spices in the house, you've got all the fixings you need to make these tasty, hearty breakfast roll-ups that will give you a boost of energy to get you through your morning. This recipe was created to be vegan friendly, but feel free to add some scrambled eggs, if you enjoy them, for extra added protein.
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Crockpot lentil soup is a fabulous recipe for those drizzly spring days when you need something to warm up your tummy. Filling, comforting vegetarian lentil soup is also inexpensive and super easy to prepare using your trusty crockpot. Tasty and packed with protein, this hearty soup recipe is a winner for family lunches on meat-free Fridays during Lent.
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Don't you love it when the simple things are the best? If so, you're sure to love this amazing grilled cheese sandwich recipe with only three ingredients that may just be the best melted cheese sammy formula ever, and is the perfect meat-free choice for Lent Friday lunches. Easy to make, and perfection to eat, this is sure to become a family favorite lunch sandwich recipe.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Fish on Fridays for Lent is a well-observed tradition. This delicious, nutritious, quick dinner recipe is a wonderful way to enjoy the mild, delicate flavor of tilapia for dinner. Tilapia fish fillets are flavored with butter, lemon and herbs and baked in the oven for a healthy and tasty entree that takes just 30 minutes, start to finish. Makes a great family meal along with steamed vegetables and some hot cooked rice or a baked potato.
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This lasagna recipe that's packed with plenty of vegetables, cheese, and a creamy sauce is so yummy and satisfying, you won't care that there's no meat! Fresh chopped vegetables are layered with a seasoned mixture of ricotta, mozzarella cheese, and a simple Alfredo-style sauce with Parmesan cheese, to create this crowd-pleasing family dinner recipe.
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Pasta dishes are a staple for most American families and this easy-to-prepare pasta recipe is sure to become a favorite in your home. An easy, rich tasting mushroom sauce is added to your favorite hot cooked noodles, for a creamy, impressive meat-free recipe that's perfect for Sunday dinner, or when entertaining guests, on Fridays during Lent.
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Craving the taste and texture of meat on Fridays during Lent? No problem — this vegan and vegetarian chili recipe that's made with ground beef substitute will keep you satisfied until Easter arrives! Plus, it's covered in a delicious cornbread batter and baked, for a mouth-watering finished dish that your family will ask you to make again and again. With beans added to the mix for even more protein, this easy, meatless chili casserole can be prepared in just a few minutes, making it a great recipe to have on hand on those busy Friday nights.